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By GM Howl
Greetings, Talonians! Spring is well underway, and along with blooming flowers are two quick announcements concerning both Battlegrounds and Daylight Savings Time in Midgard!
First, we're pleased to announce that our first and second Battlegrounds Closed Beta tests have been a wonderful success! Thanks to the efforts of our mighty group of Talonian testers, we have structured Battlegrounds with new multiple modes, dynamic queues, and much more. We are actively taking this work and feedback to craft TalonRO's final implementation testing of Battlegrounds - this time through an open beta offering in the main server environment, and look forward to bringing in this update for final testing! We hope that the entire community will enjoy the action and excitement of Battlegrounds - whether you're a war savvy veteran, or someone who has never stepped foot in PvP before now! As always, we will continue to keep you updated on our continual progress with TalonRO's Battlegrounds refresh, and when you can expect this beta implementation to be available to try out!
Secondly, please note that Daylight Savings Time will be in effect for Midgard (server) time starting at 2:00am on Sunday, March 25th. This will cause the time to leap forward by one hour - so be sure to remember this when making your in-game plans or attending events.
Additionally, Sunday's WoE:FE Non-Trans will be cancelled due to the time change, and WoE:SE will however continue as scheduled on Sunday, March 25th. WoE will resume on normal schedule with Wednesday WoE on March 28th.
We hope that you're enjoying that extra bit of daylight - and as always, happy gaming!
By GM Howl
Our second round Battlegrounds Beta is now ready! This special second test run of Battlegrounds Beta will be taking place this coming Sunday, March 18th, beginning at 4:00pm Midgard (server) time. Players who have participated in the first BG Beta test run will have special access to our test server environment for testing purposes.
To provide BG Beta testers with the most up-to-date information on testing, we invite you to participate in our BG Beta Discord channel. This channel will highlight all of the necessary steps required to connect to the test server environment, along with further instructions on participation expectation, special information, and more.
As this is a second round of testing, beta testers should expect that this implementation will have built from the previous experience, and will initially lack our intended customs in order to test through a number of critical scenarios. In the event that an element of testing yields a critical bug or error, we may have to end testing early if it's not something which can be repaired on the fly - however, we anticipate a complete and refined beta testing with your help, and are planning on follow-up testing for Battlegrounds as needed before full implementation.
A special BG Beta Discord channel has been set up for players participating on the Sunday, March 18th testing at 4:00pm. Visit our BG Beta Discord channel here for access Instructions on how to connect to the test server and other important up-to-date details will be found in this channel. Note: only participants who participated in the prior BG Beta will have access into the test server on the day of testing. No new players will be eligible to sign up and participate in this test, as this second test builds off of the prior first test. This essential testing will provide valuable feedback with regard to the new implementation of Battlegrounds, and so we will need as many players as possible in order to properly test! Game Masters will be on hand throughout the testing process to monitor and record results - we hope that you will be able to join! Thank you for taking time to help make this feature of TalonRO enjoyable for all!